NBA Player Jason Collins Becomes First Openly Gay Athlete In A Major American Team Sport

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Current Washington Wizards centre Jason Collins has come out as gay in an article in Sports Illustrated.

He’s the first active, openly gay athlete one of the big-four American team sports.

He wrote:

I’m a 34-year-old NBA centre. I’m black. And I’m gay.

I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.

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